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Apps Uncovered 8 February 2015

Selections by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered where we feature a range of iPhoneography talent and reveal the creativity and techniques behind each of the iPhone images featured. This week’s selections are loosely based around the theme of water – oh – and I have thrown in a couple that I just happen to like too. I’ve also taken the liberty of including some great Slowshuttercam images, which –  although not technically watery – do have a wonderful fluid movement to them namely Blending into the display by Veevs, Carlos chose the worst possible moment to forget the password… by Alan Kastner (Tabiwallah) and ©arlein‘s similar state of consciousness. Last but not least in this week’s selection is Brad Kelly’s photo of “Potatoes under glass,” proof that beauty can be found in the most ordinary situations and it only takes one’s imagination and an ever-seeking creative eye to find it. I love the fact that Brad would have been cooking this meal and got so excited at seeing this image that he had to snap it – so glad you did Brad!

Jim Purdue’s superb Sea Nettle image takes the lead spot this week for his gorgeous triptych; beautiful movement of the dance of this creature captured and the orange glow looks stunning against that deep blue-green background. Click on the image to see more of Jim’s triptychs on his Flickr stream.

Thank you to all of you for submitting your wonderful work to the iPC Flickr group every week. If you’d like a chance to be featured in this weekly showcase, please remember to include your apps and backstories with your photos and please make sure that the “RESTRICTION for SHARING” your photo is turned off in your Flickr settings. This allows us to share the image here on the iPhoneographyCentral gallery. Thank you, as always for submitting your amazing work.- For a chance to feature, please join our Flickr group.
Thank you all for contributing your wonderful images and we look forward to discovering the stories and techniques behind them. If you have any questions regarding this feature, please email Nicki at nicki@iPhoneographyCentral.com

Sea Nettle - triptych print

Sea Nettle – triptych print by Jim Purdue

Apps used: This project was shot with my iPhone 6 native camera. The photos were edited using a saved formula in Stackables. Color matching was done using the native iOS photo editor. The final arrangement was done with Diptic.

Backstory: On a recent morning walk through the aquarium, I had the opportunity to photograph these amazing Sea Nettle Jellies. They’re actually quite difficult to shoot with an iPhone because of the low light and the fact that they are in constant motion. I ended up taking about 50 shots and narrowed it down to these three.
Lately, I’ve been grouping similar shots in triptych presentation because I like the look of three photos side by side, and I enjoy the challenge of trying to arrange them in a way that is visually appealing.

 

Sea Anemones on the Oregon coast, Bandon, OR

Apps used: iPhone 5c, Snapseed and FX PhotoStudio
Backstory: We decided to spend the day on the coast with some friends who were up visiting from California. They had never seen sea stacks before so we thought Bandon would be the perfect place. The tide was out, exposing the sea life clinging to the rocks. There were sea stars, sea anemones and countless other little creatures in the sand. It is truly amazing what we have under our feet.

 

 

Cayman Umbrella

Cayman Umbrella by Sara Augenbraun

Apps used: Snapseed, VSCOcam and iColorama.
Backstory: On vacation in the Cayman Islands I was taken [aback] by all the beautiful colors there, especially the bright blues and greens of the ocean, the vivid blues and greens of our beach towels and beach umbrellas, and the soft blue of the stucco of our condo. I felt that an abstract of the beach umbrella and the the sky would be a striking way to show off these colors. I stood right under the umbrella and used my iPhone6 to create an abstract of the umbrella and the sky. To process the image, I used the Snapseed app to crop the scene 1:1, and to boost the brightness and contrast. Next, I used VSCOcam app to get the exact shades of color and tones I wanted and then used the iColorama app to add a slight painterly feel to the final image.

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sāil by columnsovsleep

Apps used: I used Reflectapp for the water reflection and my own Mextures formula code ZLTEYUU. If you import that code into Mextures you can see the original photo.
Backstory: I wanted to do something simple, sometimes we tend to overthink our photos and they become “too busy”. This shot was my own breath of fresh air.

 

Untitled

Untitled by Waldemar Błażej Nowak

Apps used: Processed with VSCOcam with kk1 preset

 

Dialogue between Mankind and Architecture... Good night! . IPhone 6 & #FrontView & #Snapseed & #Mextures

Dialogue between Mankind and Architecture… Good night! by Luisón

 

Apps used: The image was shot on an iphone 6´s native camera. I used FrontView to straighten the vertical lines and then Snapseed to adjust light and contrast. After that, I played with Mixtures app for the first time and used one of its formulas, which slightly changed the previous edit, especially the tones.

This pic was shot in Sevilla, at the new Congress Palace, which turned out to be a very interesting building. As an architect, I consider that Architecture was born to serve mankind. We need Architecture to exit and develop all our functions. Thus, mankind and architecture must coexist in harmony. When I saw this mum and her child all alone, under such a huge building, I couldn’t resist capturing the moment- I loved the interaction of scales: tiny for those two people, huge for the building. There seemed to be a kind of dialogue between them.

 

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Subdued by Cary Larabee

Apps used: 645 PRO MkII, Dynamic Light, Tangled FX, Image Blender, Mextures, Stackables.
Backstory: A week removed from the passing of my dad, I wanted to share an image reflecting the somber mood I was in, having this spot in mind specifically. It’s an area l shoot every now and then, but never from this specific spot. The weather was gray and overcast which is preferable for my processing style, total time shooting was only about 30 minutes. This image was one of the many I took from different vantage points, connecting emotionally with the quietness of this shot led to its further processing.

Dynamic Light was used to enhance detail of the original image, with the saved version of that then opened in Tangled FX to create the brush stroke version for blending with the original shot in Image Blender. The saved image from Image Blender was then opened in Mextures to apply a texture from Vintage Gradients. That saved image was then opened in Stackables to apply a formula called “Shangri-La” to achieve the scant, subdued look of the final image.

 

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Blending into the background by Vivi (Veevs)

Apps used: SlowShutterCam and Stackables
Backstory: I use SlowShutter Cam a lot and in particular at exhibitions! Even better if there is a lot of light! I had gone to Tate Modern with a few friends to see a photographic exhibition. I use SlowShutter best to get the effect that I want when taking photos of people standing still. 2 of my friends volunteered to model for me 🙂 This image is my lovely friend Fiona (who sort of lost her head in the editing)! All I did was crop the image and then I used one of my saved presets in StackablesApp.

 

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Carlos chose the worst possible moment to forget the password…by Alan Kastner

Apps used: I SlowShutterCam, Dynamic Light, Snapseed, Simply B&W, AutoStitch Panorama, Superimpose, Mextures
Backstory: It’s really quite simple. My train was delayed when heading back to Tokyo after a meeting. In such a situation, I instinctively start looking around for a shutter opportunity. That’s when these two fellows dressed in black and wearing masks appeared. They positioned themselves between the train, which was finally pulling into the station, and me, with their outfits against the silver train carriage creating good contrast that begged for a slow shutter shot.

Pleased with the capture, I made a couple of variations by affecting the lighting and adding some light textures in Snapseed. After converting one or two versions to monochrome and doing some blending in Superimpose to get the depth and look I sought, I then used AutoStitch to introduce a mild vertical warping to the frame. The next step was to teak the lighting a little more in Mextures before doing a final conversion into B&W. I could have easily stopped there, but couldn’t resist finishing off with the playful act of adding the seal to the bottom right corner, which reads “Top Secret”.

I deal regularly with documents stamped using this rather commonly used seal. In fact, clients are sometimes so overly concerned about security and paranoid regarding information leaks that they demand to hand over the documents in person. In such situations, I commonly joke with friends about having to don a trench coat, fedora and sunglasses before heading out to “make the drop”. So, as it goes, the image became a play on this real life situation. To paraphrase one friend on Instagram, I seem to have a penchant for portraying the vicissitudes of the hapless salaryman. (Thanks for those words, George!)

 

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similar state of consciousness by ©arlein

Apps used: SlowShutterCam, iColorama, SuperImpose and PhotoToaster
Backstory:I shot this photo while visiting the GEM, the museum of The Hague (the Netherlands). Till March first there is a major Mark Rothko exhibit going on and since he is one of my biggest inspirations (I am a painter, abstract work), I go there as often as I can!

SlowShutterCam is my go-to app when in a museum. I love the distortions of the bodies and heads and of course the legs! SlowShutterCam for me comes close to more abstract photography. It is not so much about human expression, but more about a “feel”, a mood.
In “Similar state of consciousness” (which is a quote from Rothko) I had his following statement in mind: “I think of my pictures as dramas; the shapes in the pictures are the performers” (Mark Rothko) First I added some texture details in iColorama. Then I layered the slow shutter figure with some textures from one of my own paintings in SuperImpose. The super thin black border is from PhotoToaster.

 

afterglow

afterglow by Monowave

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+pictureshow+scratchcam fx+vsco+filterstorm+phototoaster

Apps used: 645 PRO MkII, Dynamic Light, Tangled FX, Image Blender, Mextures, Stackables.

Backstory: A week removed from the passing of my dad, I wanted to share an image reflecting the somber mood I was in, having this spot in mind specifically. It’s an area l shoot every now and then, but never from this specific spot. The weather was gray and overcast which is preferable for my processing style, total time shooting was only about 30 minutes. This image was one of the many I took from different vantage points, connecting emotionally with the quietness of this shot led to its further processing.

Dynamic Light was used to enhance detail of the original image, with the saved version of that then opened in Tangled FX to create the brush stroke version for blending with the original shot in Image Blender. The saved image from Image Blender was then opened in Mextures to apply a texture from Vintage Gradients. That saved image was then opened in Stackables to apply a formula called “Shangri-La” to achieve the scant, subdued look of the final image.

 

...across Texas 127

…across Texas 127 by Garry Ryon

…across Texas 127
Apps used: 5s/645pro MKIII, snapseed, union, titleFX

 

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Untitled self portrait by Louise Whiting

Apps used: Self portrait taken with the native iPhone 5s camera. Edited using Snapseed using a retrolux filter.

Bench, Windows & Light 7/100

Bench, Windows & Light 7/100 by Firery Broome

Apps used: Camera+ and Snapseed.
Backstory: For Window Wednesdays and also #7 for 100x:The 2015 Edition, which works their theme this week of Finding Light. And, as an added bonus a bench for my bench collecting flickr friends! Captured Jan. 23, in the early morning on campus. I used Camera+ for this shot and lightly edited the image on the iPad in Snapseed.Normally I use the Pure Camera App. For this one I used the Camera+ app, which I have used occasionally over the years.Not remembering what it was, but I decided a long while back that I liked the images from Pure better.I thought I would use Camera+ a bit more this year to compare with Pure.Maybe my opinion will change maybe not, but at least I’ll be able to say why I prefer one over the other.

 

Blue Dots

Blue Dots by Fiery Broome

Apps used: Captured with iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens, edited with Snapseed, Touch Retouch and Hipstamatic Oggl; Lowy Lens and Robusta Film
Backstory: Condensation on the inside of a water dispenser bottle with natural light shinning on it from a skylight above. Captured with iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens. Edited on the iPad first in Snapseed to make small adjustments and crop, then into Retouch to remove a cat hair (darn cat hair gets everywhere). Then I imported the image into Hipstamatic’s Oggl where I messed around with some lens and films combos. I ended up favoring this one, Lowy Lens & RobustaFilm. It was very close to original image, but with a tad deeper blues in the dark areas and had nice dirty edge and frame.

 

Potatoes Under Glass

Potatoes Under Glass by BradKellyPhoto

Apps used: Shot with the iPhone 6 camera. Lightly edited in Camera+ and then posted via Instagram. Just a little contrast adjustment and cropping. I sometimes edit photos more aggressively, but this one is not far from straight out of the camera.
Backstory: I’m drawn to the surreal and the poetic in everyday life. This piece of visual poetry came courtesy of cooking some breakfast potatoes and a sunbeam from a low winter sun slanting across my kitchen. Fortunately, my iPhone is always within reach.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Co-author of The Art of iPhoneographyCentral. Founder of iPhoneographyCentral.com

2 Comments

  1. Tracy Mitchell Griggs said:

    Are you posting themes each week for consideration for selection before you choose or do the submissions inspire the selection?

    • NickiFitz-gerald said:

      Hi Tracy, the themes come after the selections. In this week’s selections I chose my favourite images and the theme arose out of those choices so need to worry about making your image fit a theme although it maybe something we consider for future selections.

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